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The new math.

Something I'm never going to understand is how phone bills work. I look at my bill, and I see, "You have made $25 in calls. Please send us $33." ... I don't know why the idea of paying for the ability to use something (even if I don't use it) bugs me so much with long distance. I mean, it's the same principal as insurance, kind of. Maybe because it irks me to have to pay two different phone bills every month? "Here's my check to Verizon, and here's my check to AT&T. What the hell?" The cute little "This month you have saved $242.65 with AT&T One Rate International Plan," bit on my bills is another source of annoyance. I currently play $0.16 per minute on calls to Japan. In order for me to have saved $242.65, AT&T's normal rate for a direct-dial call to Japan would have to be $2.47. Yes, yes, I know, they base their 'savings' as a comparison against operator-assisted prime time calls made from a pay phone on Venus, but still.